Yurts: they're not just for hippies anymore. With 2010 being officially declared as The Year of the Yurt by some, no wonder vendors have been popping up left and right recently, each hawking various updated versions of the traditional nomad home (made from canvas, wood, synthetics or even garbage).
But even old yurts can have something fresh to say, like this 250 square-foot beauty nestled in the Adirondacks. Hand-built 34 years ago by the Farrell family and their friends, this amazing project shows that the yurt was merely a start for something bigger.
Apartment Therapy's green-living spinoff blog Re-Nest toured the Farrell family's yurt retreat. Rising up beside a river and looking like a "cross between a flying saucer and a cupcake", the Farrells' yurt measures only 16 feet in diameter and is situated on 100 acres of land.
Cathy and Greg Farrell were inspired by the work of modern yurt pioneer William Coperthwaite, who adapted the traditional Mongolian design of using poles and felt coverings to a sawn-timber framework with tapered walls -- which allowed them to install a hobbit-style door.
In the years since then, the Farrells added a second yurt for their sons, cooking area, hot tub, sauna and zip line. With creative friends of both generations eager to pitch in and contribute their skills, they were able to roll stones to create a fire pit for cooking, build the river-fed hot tub as well as set up the cables for the zip line. It's an understandably popular place for "epic" summer gatherings. According to son Nick: "Provide the space and basic materials necessary for people to be creative, and then get out of the way and let them run with it."
See the rest of the photo tour over on Re-nest
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